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to think government of, by, and for the people really is just that, despite the predatory threats that stalk it. unfortunately, the mood didn't last. so help me, every now and then, as the cameras panned upward to that great dome towering above the ceremony, i was reminded of something the good feeling of the moment could not erase. it's the journalists' curse to have a good time spoiled by the reality beyond the pageantry. in particular on this crisp january day, i thought about the latest revelation of the skullduggery that often goes on in the shadows below that dome. just a couple of days before the inaugural festivities, "the new york times" published some superb investigative reporting by the team of eric lipton and kevin sack, and their revelations kept running through my mind. the story told us of a pharmaceutical giant, amgen, and three senators so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet. republican minority leader mitch mcconnell, senate finance committee chair max baucus, a democrat -- and that powerful committee's ranking republican, orrin hatch. a trio
. the purpose would be, he wrote, to embarrass the administration, to destroy the energy of the government and to substitute the pleasure, caprice or artifices, to the regular decisions of a respectable majority. that's just what the republicans have been doing. since 2007 when they lost the majority in the senate, they mounted or threatened to mount nearly 400 filibusters, blocking everything from equal pay to equal work, job bills and reform. as a result, there are more vacancies on the federal courts today than when president obama first took office. but hold on. when democrats were in the minority and threatening to filibuster against george w. bush's judicial nominees, their leader, harry reid, had some kind things to say about the tactic. >> the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government. right now the only check on president bush is the democrats' ability to voice their concern in this body, the senate. if the republicans roll back our rights in this chamber, there will be no check on power. the radical right wing will be free to pursue anything they
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Search Results 0 to 13 of about 14 (some duplicates have been removed)